Oh, but I do love to sew. I’m horrible at it. Okay I’m not really horrible at it, but sewing nearly always accompanies cursing at my house (catharsis, catharsis), and also I never use any of the special stitches or advanced settings. All those buttons and doohickies and settings sort of scare the dickens out of me.
I used to have my own Etsy shop selling customized baby body suits and hand-stitched baby blankets, back in the day, and one question I always got from crafty customers was, “What sewing machine do you recommend? I’m not a beginner, but I’m not an expert, and I don’t want to drop a fortune on features I’ll never use.”
My go-to answer was always that sewing machines are like husbands. There is no such thing as the perfect one, and each one has its own weird tics and flaws, but somehow you grow to love them, and if you ever have to switch to a new one you would feel horribly sad and depressed it would take quite a while before you could ever get used to the new one. (Right? Like husbands!)
After the jump, I’ve compiled a round up of some good, simple sewing machines. It’s certainly not definitive, but it will get you on your way to finding your own machine husband. A machine that will get the sewing done without intimidating the pants off you. A machines that may have imperfections here or there, but that you will love and cuddle up to at night and not mind when they leave their shoes out all over the place … yes.
Of course, I’ve been told time and time again, if money and technology are no object, invest in a Bernina.
What sewing machines do you recommend?